It’s Easter on Sunday, so this week’s free fun is all happening Saturday. You can enjoy two Earth Day celebrations, dive into books about bunnies and sharks and make your own kinetic sculpture.
Earth Day: Take Action Day! is taking place from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. There will be a nurdle and microplastic challenge with prizes, a sand crab station, a beach wrack station, a bird watching station and grunion hatching on the hour. You can also bring your own boat (and provide your own life vest) for the Kayak Kleanup. Do your part to make this a “zero waste” event by bringing your own gloves, trash buckets and re-usable water bottle.
Nearby, at White Point Nature Preserve, will be the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s Earth Day Celebration. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the Conservancy invites folks to do some community planting and landscape restoration at the White Point Nature Preserve. Volunteers also have a choice of taking an L.A. City Ranger guided tour, enjoying a nature-based art activity or a dryad flute presentation, and purchasing native plants from the Conservancy’s nursery. At 5 p.m., the Conservancy hosts a free screening of “Free Solo,” the Oscar-winning National Geographic documentary about the first person to free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan Wall. The film will be shown at the Warner Grand Theatre (478 W. 6th St., San Pedro). Online RSVPs are required for the screening.
Since this is a month for bunnies, Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena is having a Beatrix Potter Celebration! At 10:30 a.m., Beatrix Potter Society member Dale Schafer will dress up in a Victorian costume, read from “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and tell visitors about the fascinating life of Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter memorabilia will be shared and there will be special gifts for the children.
Prefer sharks to bunnies? There’s a Michael Paul Shark Storytime & Book Signing from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Children’s Book World in West L.A. Join Michael Paul for an interactive story time reading of his new book, “Chomp: A Shark Romp!” Young explorers ages 2-6 can reel in an ocean full of knowledge about sharks when they dive into this nonfiction picture book that features easy-to-understand text and bold illustrations.
And for those who want to get kinetic, there’s the CAAM Workshop: Wishing on a Star from 1-3 p.m. at the California African American Museum. Located near the museum’s entrance is Charles Dickson’s sculpture, “Wishing On A Star.” The artist repurposed several hundred pounds of rebar, old tools, circuit boards and other discarded items to create this image of an intrepid astronaut, which stands as a testament to artistic environmentalism. In celebration of Earth Day, participants ages 7 and up can upcycle materials and use artistic and engineering creativity to make a wind-powered kinetic sculpture that balances and moves.